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Internship at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

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This internship programme is aimed at graduate students and is available at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights – OHCHR. Internships for graduate students are available at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). These internships are intended to:

  1. increase the intern’s understanding of current human rights issues at the international level and give them an insight into the work of the United Nations and OHCHR in particular; and
  2. provide OHCHR and the United Nations Human Rights mechanisms with the assistance and contribution of outstanding young students or graduates.

The relationship between the Organization and the intern is one of mutual benefit. Interns are assigned to an organizational unit of OHCHR according to the needs of the Office and their own areas of interest. They are involved, inter alia, in: researching human rights issues, drafting analytical papers and reports, providing substantive and technical servicing of meetings, backstopping fact-finding and technical cooperation activities as well as field operations and supporting other OHCHR activities, depending on the exigencies of the Office. As part of the internship programme, OHCHR endeavours to brief interns through a series of information sessions on human rights issues conducted by staff of the Office.

To apply

To be eligible for an internship with OHCHR, you have to apply through the UN Careers website . When completing your application, kindly indicate a time period in the current year when you are available to start your internship.

Eligible applicants
– Be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university   degree or equivalent, or higher);
– Be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent);
– Have graduated with a university degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within a one-year period of graduation;
– Be able to obtain the necessary visa and to arrange your travel to the United Nations;
– Be able to cover the costs of travel, accommodation, as well as living expenses of the internship (approx. 1.800 chf/month);
– If selected, be able to prove valid medical insurance coverage for your stay in Switzerland, provide a medical certificate stating that you are in good health and prove your enrolment in graduate studies;
– be able to communicate fluently in English.

United Nations internships are not remunerated. Travel costs and living expenses must be met by the interns themselves or by a sponsoring institution. Interns are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and for obtaining visas. 

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